Fourth grade students in Kim Yoder’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School celebrated mathematical success with ice cream sundaes. Fourth graders have been completing multiplication quick quizzes and post tests throughout the year demonstrating skill, accuracy, and speed. Those students who possess those qualities were rewarded with an ice cream sundae buffet. With over 20 different toppings, bowls were piled high with sweet rewards for sweet success. Pictured, from left, are Justin Adrian, Stoney Braynen, Cody Harris, and Allen Lin.
Ft. Pierce Westwood Army JROTC Panther Battalion led their school in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the annual MLK parade in Ft Pierce. The 74 Cadets of the battalion were led by Cadet Battalion Commander Maynali Gamez and were accompanied by the color guard, company guidon bearers and an Army High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) from the 1218th Transportation Company of the Florida National Guard. The Panthers also featured a seven-cadet step team led by Cadet Tamiya McClain who pumped up the crowd throughout the march with their unique step routine. Cadet Keundra Durham kept the Panthers in step and highly motivated during the march with Army cadence calls or “Jody” calls as they used to be called during WWII. It was a great day for Westwood High School and the Panther Battalion and a fitting way to remember the courage, vision and personal sacrifice of Dr. King.
The Jaguar Battalion of Port St. Lucie High School participated in the annual parade honoring one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Jaguar Battalion received many accolades from the spectators during the event. The battalion was led by Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry, followed by the battalion Color Guard, the battalion staff and the three companies with their professionalism. Through the dedication of the cadets and the leadership of the senior cadets, the Jaguar Battalion remained loud and proud throughout the parade. Pictured are the cadets during the parade.
The Port St.Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Military Ball recently at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. The Military Ball is an event in which cadets participate in a formal dining-out, followed by an informal dance. To begin the events, cadets and their guests proceeded through a receiving line and were greeted by the cadet leadership, led by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Byron Cruz. After the receiving line, an array of speeches and toasts were made, and the traditional grog bowl ceremony took place. Once again, cadets had a safe and entertaining night, and look forward to next year’s ceremony. Pictured are cadets enjoying the formal ceremony.
American Heart Association representative Linda Perez presented the St. Lucie County School District an award at the January 22, 2013, school board meeting recognizing the district as a Fit-Friendly company. The national recognition is presented for organizations promoting health and wellness. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, district wellness manager Carlye Fabrikant, Ms. Perez, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.
State Farm agent Janine Tillman sponsored the fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition by donating trees and wildflower seeds for Arbor Day. Students learned the importance of taking care of the Earth, not only for themselves but for future generations. They were all excited to plant, care for, and watch their trees grow for many years to come. Pictured are students from Victoria Cornelius’ fourth grade class as they show their certificates, trees and seeds.
Seven seventh grade students from Samuel S. Gaines Academy impressed the judges at the recent districtwide Project Citizen event hosted at Samuel Gaines Academy. With the assistance and support from their civics teacher John Davino, these students were able to impress the judges and represent Samuel Gaines Academy with their proposal that “Suspension should be Suspended!” Pictured, from left, are Mateo Rubio, Adriana Calderon, Ashley Dean, Ebony Young, Yanet Guzman, Tatiana Wilks, and Aide Aguilar as they prepare for their group’s four-minute speech, “Solutions, Solutions, Not Suspension.”
St. Lucie Public Schools’ school nutrition services department’s Anita Alli, president of the St. Lucie County Florida School Nutrition Association, enlisted the support of Superintendent Michael Lannon in the local group’s application for a President’s Award through the state association. The award, “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow,” recognizes school districts which actively work together districtwide to promote education and nutrition. Pictured is Ms. Alli with Superintendent Lannon.
Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a “Twin Day” to raise money for Relay for Life. This organization raises money for cancer awareness and for different services for cancer patients. Each year Palm Pointe participates and several activities are planned to help raise money. Pictured are third grade students from Rosary Polanco’s class that wanted to all dress alike. Back row, Casandra Isaac, left, and Alyssa Dwyer. Front row, from left, Cara Lents, Brooklyn Lyons, Allison Kohler, Emily Rabich, Kacy Zdenek and Haylynn Tate.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC field meet competition team participated at a field meet in Miami Beach recently. Even though the team was missing some valuable players, the cadets overcame their disadvantage and took home 10 trophies, the most the unit has ever earned. The cadets took first place in Armed Exhibition Drill and first place in Unarmed Basic Drill, and came in third place overall out of 15 schools. Congratulations to the Black Talon Navy Junior ROTC cadets.
Garden City Early Learning Academy (GCELA) celebrated Literacy Week with many fun activities for the students. Curious George was the special guest that visited classrooms to get the students excited about reading. The students participated in a Vocabulary Quilt Contest and reviewed high frequency words. Students were rewarded with a badge/sticker for the number of high frequency words known. In addition, each child received their very own book to take home. GCELA encourages children to read each night for at least 30 minutes. Pictured with Curious George is second grade student Kadejah Stevens.
The F.K. Sweet Elementary Drama Club recently presented “A Fairy Tale Christmas” for parents and students. Fairy tale characters from all of the favorite classics try to prevent the evil stepmother from ruining Christmas by spreading good cheer with a little help from the Fairy Godmother! Pictured is the play cast.
The Palm Pointe Rocket Jazz Band recently hosted members from the Foirt Pierce Jazz and Blues Society for a side by side clinic to prepare students for their upcoiming festival performance at the District 13 Jazz ensemble Performance Assessment. The students enjoyed hearing new musical concepts to add to their music. The staff and administrators at Palm Pointe thank the members of the Jazz Society for their generous contribution of time and resources. Pictured are members of the organization who provided guidance with the student musicians.
A contingency of St. Lucie County School Board members, Superintendent Michael Lannon, district administrators and executives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation surprised three finalists for the school district’s 2014 Teacher of the Year honor at their school sites Thursday, January 24.
The finalists were selected from nominees from the school district’s 39 traditional schools.
The nominees for the annual local award include: Loryn Black, first grade teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School in Fort Pierce; Lt. Colonel Joseph J. Cavallaro, Air Force JROTC senior instructor at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie; and Harry B. Williams, math teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School.
Applications require selection criteria, including core competencies such as classroom management, technology integration and creative lesson planning, professional growth and involvement, and community service. The title is always for the year after local winners are named; the state winner is named after the end of the current school year, thus the year in advance title.
The Teacher of the Year honor is one of four awards announced at the Night of the Stars annual celebration sponsored by the Education Foundation and the school board to be held this year on February 23, 2013, at Lincoln Park Academy. The other honors are School Related Employee of the Year, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. The Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee nominees will go on to regional consideration for the state awards in their categories; the other two are local awards.
Pictured are members of the St. Lucie County School Board, Superintendent Michael Lannon, representatives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation, and district administrators and administrators from Fort Pierce Central High School congratulating Central finalist Harry B. Williams, center.
Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed participating in the recent Martin Luther King Jr. parade. This year’s theme was “Reaching Beyond the Dream” and Palm Pointe designed their float using a rocket soaring into the clouds, stars and planets to take his dream into the future. Pictured on the float in the back, from left, are Michelle Farley and B-J Farrell. Students, front row, from left, are Fabrizzio Capocci, Raven Butts, Isaiah Jean, Liam Martinez and Kyle Beard.
Northport K-8 Northstar team students and their instructors Mala Woessner, Laura oodworth, Mary Ellsworth, Kathy White, Mehgan Drost and Angel Bracero brought the excitement and history of Mardi Gras to the school recently. Students decorated hand made floats, wore Mardi Gras adornments and threw beads as the younger students cheered them on their parade route. Northstar team band and chorus students led the parade playing their instruments and singing the grand old tune, “When the Saints Go Marching In!” Students participated in a Mardi Gras dance with a DJ. Mardi Gras is a great mix of parades, music, floats and beads. Students learned that the colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and
gold and the parades take place on Bourbon Street, Canal Street and more streets in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Students will take a trip to New Orleans later in the school year to view historical sites and visit the famed area.
Sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition presented a walkthrough Egyptian Museum. Parents and students were invited to take a tour of Ancient Egypt. Students were dressed in Egyptian attire and presented information to their audiences. Displays made by the students were shown throughout the pod. It was a great presentation and learning experience. Pictured, from left, are Christian Larmon as King Tut and Addison Williams as an Egyptian.
Members of several St. Lucie County high school HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organizations attended a leadership conference in the beautiful facility of Camp Kulaqua in High Springs, Florida, accompanied by their teachers. The Leadership Development Camp, or LDC, was definitely worth it all. St. Lucie West Centennial HOSA officers left for that weekend in hopes of learning skills to become more effective leaders, and that goal was accomplished. HOSA members from Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Central high schools also attended, along with over 300 HOSA students from all over Florida. participants learned skills in communication, public speaking, problem solving, and so much more. The food was great, too! There wasn’t a minute wasted at camp and making friends wasn’t hard at all. Overall, the weekend activities were very beneficial for the chapters. A quote used during the event, “Good things happen to those who wait, but great things happen to those who chase,” was adopted by the participants. Written by Alexia Steward, Centennial HOSA vice president; photo by Tony-Ann Walker, historian.
Danya Etter’s third through fifth grade students at Allapattah K8 School are karate chopping recorders to the next level. Recorder karate is a fun and exciting method that allows students to learn the recorder and test for “karate belts.” These belts hang from their recorders and they earn different colors as the music progressively gets harder. The first song, “Hot Cross Buns,” is a simple yet exciting tune that teaches students three notes: B, A, and G. Pictured are six, fourth grade students diligently working on their fingerings to successfully pass this song. Pictured, from left, are Jaime Williams, Aaron Grimes, Allison Deweese, Connor Cook, Malik Parrinello, and Aidan Atkinson.
Students in Melissa Nelson’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 School used cards to understand, create, and practice exponential equations. Students worked in pairs and flipped over cards to provide bases and exponents. Students then solved the exponential equations they created! Pictured are Sharon Charite, left, and Sarla Dominguez.